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Welcome to the Musical Offering!

The Musical Offering has been a Berkeley institution for over 30 years. In the back is our record store, with an excellent, curated selection of classical music records and CDs and an expert staff. In the front, our Cafe.


In the morning, folks swing by to enjoy a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee and light breakfast, maybe grabbing a fresh-out-of-the-oven pastry on their way out. Around noon, though, the cafe is transformed into a busy lunch spot popular with students and UC Berkeley faculty alike. Our Daytime Menu is a perfect collection of house-made soups, salads and sandwiches, daily specials, and beverages.


Our resident string quartet, The Town Quartet, joins us most Sundays from 1-3:00pm, to accompany your lunch or afternoon tea with live music. To confirm the quartet will be playing, please call at 849-0211.

Be sure to check our calendar and events page for information regarding special live music performances and other exciting announcements!


We are located just steps away from two of Berkeley’s major performing venues: Zellerbach Auditorium on the UC Campus, and First Congregational Church. We offer pre-performance fine dining on most evenings when there is an event at Zellerbach Auditorium or First Congregational Church.  Please check the calendar for dates, times and our Pre-Theater Dinner Menu by the truly phenomenal Chef Erick Balvazq.

Call (510) 849-0211 or click here to request a reservation.


Need space, food, and music for an event? The Cafe is also available for Rentals, Receptions, and Private Dinners. Please email us at musicalofferingcafebistro@gmail.com to make arrangements.


Monday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday- Friday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(close at 8:00 p.m. on most Zellerbach event nights)
Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(close at 8:00 p.m. on most Zellerbach event nights)
Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

**Kitchen closes 1/2 hour before cafe.

**Check back for extended cafe hours, coming soon.